Blind (Korn song)

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"Blind"
Single by Korn
from the album Korn
Released August 1, 1994[citation needed]
Format 10", CDs"
Recorded 1994
Genre Nu metal
Length 4:19
Label Immortal/Epic
Writer(s) Dennis Shinn / Ryan Shuck / Jonathan Davis / Reginald Arvizu / James Shaffer / David Silveria / Brian Welch
Producer(s) Ross Robinson
Korn singles chronology
"Christmas Song"
(1993)
"Blind"
(1994)
"Need To"
(1995)
Korn track listing
"Blind"
(1)
"Ball Tongue"
(2)

"Blind" is a song recorded and performed by American nu metal band Korn for their self-titled debut album. It was released as the album's first single in August 1994.

Concept[edit]

As explained by Dennis Shinn, based on the original creation of the song pre-produced;

"The song just happened. It never had any authentic meaning. The same may apply when most songs are written, as writers normally just go with the flow without having too much thought about concept within that moment of creation. I presented the song to the band at rehearsal one night, and to finish off the actual lyrics, I wrote them in a minute or two right in front of the other guys. And to be completely honest, I didn't know what I was writing about, but it worked out, so we kept it as is."[citation needed] −Dennis Shinn

Jonathan Davis's personal meaning, how he connected with the song would be as said;

"It's just this monster riff, and lyrically it's about me feeling that I'm blind to people taking advantage of me, blind to my depression, just blind to everything."[citation needed] − Jonathan Davis

Music and structure[edit]

"Blind", had been written in Sexart before Jonathan Davis left the band to join Korn. The song was composed entirely by Dennis Shinn[1] Being both music, and vocal melodies / lyrics, in December of 1992. Once Shinn had the song ready, he introduced the song to the other guys at band practice. From that point, Ryan Shuck added in one (1) music section (acting as a bridge). Ryan's bridge contribution followed the extremely popular song opening riff composed by Dennis Shinn. Shuck's bridge divided that into riff from the the vocal section of the song. His bridge came back around after the vocal section ended as well. Shuck's contribution landed on both Sex Art's recorded demo of "Blind", as well as Korn's recorded demo of "Blind". However, once the Korn LP was being recorded, the music part written by Shuck was removed. On the Sex Art recorded demo, it also had a long extensive ending that was musically composed by Ray Solis. This area of music by Solis was not recorded on the Korn demo, nor album.

Korn's contribution came later, by adding an extended song intro. Sort of an intro, to the intro if you will. Also, Korn applied a small musical change from Sexart's version, which landed under the vocal chorus "I'm so blind" lyric. Korn also tailored the song ending, being the bass coda at the end of the song quotes Cypress Hill's song "Lick a Shot". This was not mentioned in the song's credits. Jonathan Davis used this song on the album without crediting the original song writers Dennis Shinn, and or Ryan Shuck. However, both Dennis Shinn and Ryan Shuck were later credited on the Greatest Hits Vol.1 compilation album when the song was used on that record.[citation needed] "It was Korn's professional production that brought the song to life". −Dennis Shinn

Track listing[edit]

US Enhanced Radio Promo CD[edit]

  1. "Blind" – 4:18
  2. "Blind" (video) - 4:18

UK Single[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Blind" – 4:18

Side B:

  1. "Fake (Album Version) - 4:51
  2. "Sean Olson (Radio Edit) - 4:45

Australian Radio Promo[edit]

  1. "Blind" – 4:18

Chart performance[edit]

The song was released as a promotional single in the United States, Canada and Australia, and as a limited edition 10" vinyl single in the United Kingdom. It charted on the Canadian alternative chart, the RPM Alternative 30, in November 1995.[5]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[5] 15

Live performance[edit]

The song was used as the opening for all of Korn's shows, up until the release of "Follow the Leader", where the song "It's On!" was used to open. However, "Blind" was used for the encore. The song is well known for its intense performances. Former guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has covered the song live, with Welch playing guitar and singing lead vocals. When performed live, the main riff of the song is played as the outro instead of the bass coda that is on the recorded version. Recently, at shows such as the Download Festival, the song has opened the show as a new mix, with a much shorter intro.

It was performed live at the Carolina Rebellion in Rockingham, North Carolina; Davis invited Brian "Head" Welch to join Korn on stage and perform the song. This was Welch's first performance with Korn since his departure in February 2005.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol. Korn is seen performing in front of an energetic crowd in a small stage room. A large "Korn" flag can be seen on the back of the stage. There are also clips of the band hanging out. The video was released in January 1995.

Demo version[edit]

The first version of this song had been recorded on the band's demo tape entitled Neidermeyer's Mind, released in 1993. There is a slight difference between these versions, as the primal version had a more heavy-metal atmosphere, and the version that appeared on band's debut album featured a hip-hop stylized bridge.

Accolades[edit]

The song has gained major acclaim in the press.

Q magazine[edit]

100 Songs That Changed The World (January 2003): 88. - Korn - Blind

100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever! (March 2005): 93. - Korn - Blind

Kerrang![edit]

666 Songs You Must Own (contemporary metal): 2. - Korn - Blind

100 Greatest Singles Of All Time (December 14, 2002): 10. - Korn - Blind

Appearances in media[edit]

The music video was featured in an episode of Beavis and Butt-head, where the duo comment on the video's lack of originality, however they commented that the song sounded "kinda cool". The song itself was used as the ending theme for the U.S. release of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, as well as in the 2000 film Charlie's Angels, directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol, who has directed several Korn videos. This song was also featured in the 2k Sports video game NHL 2k8. The song is also featured on the tracklist for Madden NFL 10.

Remixes[edit]

Version Release appearance
LukHash Remix LukHash official website[7]

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